Everywhere I look, I see cords, connections, TVs, VCRs, and other devices that aren't being used or don't work. Most states have new laws saying that you cannot just put these items in the trash, so various companies will take them for refurbishing or reuse, but I've found that the Best Buy Recycling Program is so easy and helps speed up the process of de-cluttering.
Check it out for yourself: Best Buy Recycles Electronics The list will vary state by state, so check their website, but you can take most items up to the customer service counter and they will give you a receipt. To make drop-off of small items even easier, there are bins just inside the door for certain items. Watch the video to see the process your items will go through. No charge. In some cases you can arrange for very large items to be picked up.
Now that you've sorted through your Christmas lights for the year or upgraded to more energy efficient bulbs, one option is to take the lights you don't want any longer to a local Home Depot for recycling.Their Trade-In program runs from approx Nov. 7 to Nov. 17, if you want to get LED lights instead. If you just need a recycling option, they accept old incandescent strings until Dec. 20. If you missed the chance this year, make a note for yourself and take them in next year.
Also, just inside the door, look for the orange recycle bins to deposit your used CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) and/or Rechargeable Batteries from your Power Tools.
Most office supply stores will accept ink and toner cartridges to be recycled. Each one has a different system of rewards or credit. Some give you instant credit towards your purchase while others give you credit you have to accumulate. You may also have a minimum purchase or points required to actually be able to use your credit in the future. Of course the credit is nice, but I am especially glad to have a place to take the ink cartridges I no longer need.
At Office Depot, you can bring in your cartridges or order a FREE shipping box with a FREE prepaid shipping label to fill with toner cartridges at your school or office:
Individuals bringing in their cartridges earn $2 back in rewards for every ink and toner cartridge when they've spent $30 on ink and toner over the past 180 days. Base members can receive credit for up to 10 cartridges per month. Plus and Premium members can receive credit for up to 20 cartridges per month.
*Check back for more details about what happens to your cartridges after you recycle them and for details on recycling programs at other stores and locations.*